1392.0 - Statistical News SA, Dec 2008  
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To assist in developing statistical expertise, the ABS can provide training courses to your staff. Our training programs are conducted by ABS staff with expertise in designing questionnaires, analysing data and managing the survey process. Courses can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your organisation, for example using South Australia-specific information, with the aim of upskilling people in the access, use, interpretation and collection of statistical information.

The ABS also provides regular seminars and information sessions which may focus on statistical developments, publications, trends or issues. The following training is currently scheduled for the Adelaide office between February and June 2009.

CDATA Online - FREE Seminar

Date: 11/02/09, 07/04/09

Duration: 1.5 hours

Description: This seminar will introduce participants to CDATA online. CDATA Online is a free web-based product that allows you to create your own tables of Census data on a range of different topics such as - age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethnicity, occupation and more. All Census geographies are available, from a single Collection District to an entire State/Territory or total Australia. You are able to create your own custom groups and areas, and can view your Census data in tables, graphs and maps.

Who should attend: Suitable for a range of users, including government, business and community groups, researchers and information professionals.

Cost: Free

ABS Datacubes in SuperTABLE - Workshop

Date: 18/02/09

Duration: 3.5 hours

Description: The ABS web site has large datasets that can be downloaded for free. This course will teach participants how to access these datasets in SuperTABLE format to create tables that meet their organisation's information needs. Through a combination of theoretical instruction and computer-based exercises, participants will learn how to use the free SuperTABLE software.

Who should attend: People who have little or no experience in the use of SuperTABLE. Participants should have attended an ABS Web Site seminar or be confident ABS web site users.

Cost: $300 (inc. GST)

Accessing ABS Information - FREE Seminar

Date: 12/03/09, 31/03/09, 29/04/09, 27/05/09

Duration: 1.5 hours

Description: ABS on-line publications and data are free to download from the ABS web site, www.abs.gov.au, and this information seminar aims to increase awareness of the content of the ABS web site. The seminar also covers access to and content of ABS@SAGov, which is available to South Australian State Government employees and contains unpublished data commissioned by South Australian State Government agencies, announcements and other content of interest to state government users of ABS services.

Who should attend: Suitable for a range of new and existing users of the ABS web site and would be a valuable introduction to ABS data for those considering undertaking other ABS courses.

Cost: Free

Analysing Survey Data Made Simple - Workshop

Date: 01/04/09 - 02/04/09

Duration: 2 days

Description: This two-day, computer-based course develops basic practical skills in statistical and graphical data analysis techniques using Microsoft Excel.

Who should attend: Those with little or no knowledge of statistical analysis techniques who need a basic understanding of how to analyse and describe data that has been collected in surveys. Please note this is not a course in how to use Excel - previous spreadsheet experience is recommended.

Cost: $750 (inc. GST)

Turning Data Into Information - Workshop

Date: 13/05/09 - 14/05/09

Duration: 2 days

Description: This two-day course is intended to provide skills in interpreting, communicating and displaying data clearly and effectively. Participants will gain skills in transforming data into meaningful written information, particularly in respect to social policy issues.

Who should attend: This course will be most beneficial to people who need to use data to produce reports or social commentary, or people who are involved with monitoring and evaluation in a social context.

Cost: $750 (inc. GST)

Principles of Questionnaire Design

Date: 16/06/09 - 17/06/09

Duration: 2 days

Description: A well designed questionnaire is vital for collecting high quality data. The aim of this course is to provide participants with an awareness and understanding of questionnaire and design principles. The course covers selecting collection methodologies, developing survey questions, designing questionnaire layout and testing the questionnaire.

Who should attend: People who will be involved in designing and conducting a survey and wish to gain an understanding of how to design a questionnaire that will collect data accurately.

Cost: $750 (inc. GST)

Further details of training courses and registration forms can be found on the ABS web site (select 'Services' and then 'ABS Training'). The web site also provides information about other training courses that the ABS can present, courses that are scheduled in other states and territories, and on-line training courses. If you or your colleagues are interested in any courses that have not been scheduled in Adelaide, or you are interested in arranging tailored training packages, please contact the Statistical Consultancy Unit on 8237 7555.